Stanley Kubrickthe radianceis widely considered one of the best film adaptations of aStephen KingHistory - and for good reason. (Though King himself isn't a huge fan.) Even if you've seen the movie 100 times, you probably still don't know much about what was going on behind the scenes.
Stanley KubrickHe is known for his forays into different genres, and horror was a genre that piqued his interest early in his career. In the early 70's it wasconsideringjudgeThe Exorcist, but in the end he didn't get the job because he only wanted to direct if he could produce. Later, Kubrick told a friend that he wanted "to make the scariest movie in the world, with a series of episodes that tap into the nightmarish fears of the audience".
2.the shinewas inspired by an episode ofGenerally.
In 1952, Kubrick worked as a second unit director on an episode of the television seriesGenerally🇧🇷 But it was another episode where the poker players fight that inspired parts ofthe shine.
"They think the point of the story is that his death was inevitable because a paranoid poker player would end up in a deadly shootout."Kubrick saidthe result. "But in the end you find out that the man he accused actually set him up. I thinkthe shineuses a similar type of psychological deception to avoid realizing that supernatural events are actually happening."
According to David Hughes, one of Kubrick's biographers, Stephen King wrote a complete draft of the screenplay forthe shine🇧🇷 However, Kubrick didn't even consider it worth a look, which makes sense considering the director once.describedKing writes "weak". Instead, Kubrick worked on the script with Diane Johnson because she was a fan of her book.shadow knows🇧🇷 Ultimately, the two worked on the script for eleven weeks.
4. But Stanley Kubrick still had questions for Stephen Kingthe shine.
A now-legendary story that King still tells in some of his book readings is this: Stanley KubrickI call it7 in the morning. to say that he believes that ghost stories are inherently optimistic because the existence of ghosts indicates that people have survived beyond death. When King responded by asking how hell fits into this image, Kubrick simply responded, "I don't believe in hell."
The executive producer ofthe shineit was Kubrick's brother-in-law, Jan Harlan. Christiane Kubrick and Vivian Kubrick, Stanley's wife and daughter respectively, helped with the design and music, although Vivian is perhaps best known for the documentary she directed.The Rise of the Illuminated.The 30-minute film, broadcast on the BBC, was a very rare glimpse into Kubrick's directing style. (You can see above).
6. Stephen King Was "Disappointed" With Stanley Kubrick's Film Adaptation.the shine.
1983 Konigsayingplayboy, "I've long admired Kubrick and have high expectations for the project, but I was sorely disappointed with the end result. Parts of the film are terrifying, filled with relentlessly claustrophobic horror, but others remain flat."
One thing King didn't like was the cast.Jack Nicholson🇧🇷 "Jack Nicholson, although a good actor, was totally wrong for the part," said King. "He played his last major roleOne flew over the cuckoo's nest, and between that and the maniacal grin, audiences automatically identified him as crazy from the very first scene. But the book is about Gradual by Jack Torrancesonsthe Overlook goes mad under its malevolent influence: if the guy goes mad from the start, the whole tragedy of his downfall is wasted.
Kubrick hated flying and refused to leave England at the end of his life, so he was not present in the opening credits ofthe shineThey shot at us. A second team from the unit flew to Glacier National Park in Montana, where they filmed from a helicopter.
8. Room 217 has been moved to room 237the shineat the request of Timberline Lodge.
In the book, the spooky events take place in Room 217, not Room 237. Oregonrefuge in the forest, which served as the exterior of the hotel for some shots, is to blame for this change. The hostel management requested to change the room number so that guests would not avoid room 217. There is no room 237 in the hotel so this number was dialed. Timberline Lodge websiteComments, "Interestingly and somewhat ironically, Room 217 is requested more often than any other room on Timberline."
The iconic phrase actually had its meaning changed for foreign translations of the film, at Kubrick's request. Translated into German versions, the phrase means: "Don't leave for tomorrow what you can do today". The Spanish translation is: "Even if you wake up early, it won't dawn earlier." who wakes up early lives a golden day".
10. There are many rumors that Stanley Kubrick actually wrote all those pages of "All the Work".
No one is sure whether Kubrick wrote 500 pages of "All work and no play makes Jack a boring boy." Kubrick did not go to the props department with this task, instead using his own typewriter to create the pages. It was a typewriter with built-in memory, so it could turn pages without a real person. But the individual pages of the movie contain different layouts and errors. Some claim that it was characteristic of the director to prepare each page individually. Sadly, we'll never know: Kubrick never addressed this subject before he died.
Kubrick was famous for being a particularly detail-oriented director. So if Jack Torrance is seen reading aplaygirlin the Overlook lobby before being hired, it probably doesn't make sense. There is an article about incest in the issue, so the mostcommon theoryis that Kubrick subtly hinted that Danny may have been sexually abused. OtherArticleOn the cover is announced "Interview: The sale of(Starsky e Hutch)'s) David Soul. Perhaps Kubrick interjected an additional omen. No ordinary hotel leaves copies anywayplaygirlout there, so the magazine immediately serves as a warning sign in the film.
12the shinewas Danny Lloyd's only film.
the shineit seemed to be featuring a promising child star in Danny Lloyd. Two years later he had a role in a TV movie, but that was the extent of his acting career. "We tried for several years... until I was in high school and I dropped out when I was about 14, with almost no success," he said.sayingTo dieTagesnachrichten do New Yorkerin 2013. However, Lloyd had a brief appearance as a spectator indoctor sleep, the sequel to 2019's Mike Flanaganthe shine.
To protect Lloyd, who was 5 years old when he made the film, Kubrick told him that they were filming a drama. He didn't even see the movie until he was 16. "Personally, I don't think it's scary because I've seen it behind the scenes," Lloydsaid later🇧🇷 "I know it can be ironic, but I like funny movies and documentaries."
14. Jack Nicholson improvisouthe shineThe "Heeere's Johnny" line.
Jack Nicholson is responsible for the only linethe shineto enter AFI's Top 100 Movie Quotes. While filming the scene in which Jack breaks down a bathroom door with an axe, Nicholson shouted Ed McMahon's famous line.The Tonight Show com Johnny Carson🇧🇷 The catchphrase worked and stayed in the film. Some behind the scenes photos show Nicholsonsmethodical actionbefore the iconic scene is filmed.
In addition to ad-libsing one of the film's most famous lines, Nicholson wrote an entire scene. He felt a particularly deep understanding of Jack Torrance's abuse of his wife as he tried to write.
"That's the way I was when I got divorced," says Nicholsonexplainedin interview withThe New York Times dies🇧🇷 "I was under the pressure of being a family man with a daughter and one day I got a job making a film during the day and I was writing a film at night and I was back in my corner and with my lover, Mrs. Sandra found out what, unbeknownst to her, this lunatic was, and I told Stanley about it and we wrote on the spot."
16. Stanley Kubrick Couldn't Make Itthe shineEstrella Shelley Duvall.
Although Kubrick got along well with Nicholson, the director was notoriously brutal with Shelley Duvall during filming. At theyour words, “From May to October, I was very sick from the stress of the role. Stanley pushed and pushed me harder than I've ever been pushed before. It's the hardest role I've ever had to play."
The scene where Wendy throws a bat at Jack is an example of this impulse. The scene really nailed it.O Guinness Book of Recordsbecause it took 127 takes, the most for a scene with spoken dialogue.
Slim Pickens had previously worked with Kubrick. He played Major T.J. king kong inDr. Strangeloveor: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb🇧🇷 Regardless, it was a particularly odd choice for the role of Dick Hallorann given that the character is black in the book. Pickens chose not to work with Kubrick again because he disliked the gruelingDr. Strangeloveshoot Next, the role went to Scatman Crothers.
18. The Overlook Hotel has no sense of space.
Rob Ager, a big fan ofthe shineHe realized that there are many aspects of the Overlook Hotel game that don't make sense. For example, Ullman's office has a window to the outside, but there are rooms around the office, making that window impossible. This is the case with many windows in the movie: they don't work in context. There's also a hallway in the Colorado Lounge that basically appears out of nowhere. Ager created a video showing the absurd images.
The executive producer ofthe shine, Jan Harlan, stated that this was intentional. "The interiors don't make sense"he saidin 2012. "These huge halls and ballrooms wouldn't fit. In fact, nothing makes sense."
Towards the end of filming, a fire broke out, destroying several sets.Correspondingphotographer on set: "There was a big fire there one night, a huge fire, we never really found out what caused that fire and it burned down two sound stages and threatened a third at Elstree Studios. It was an Elf Alert firework, it was huge. " It is estimated that one of these sound stages cost $2.5 million to rebuild.
there is a famousphotoby Kubrick laughing at this wreck. Maybe he's laughing because he knows the novel ends with the Overlook Hotel burning down.
20the shine900 tons of salt are needed.
And that was just for the last scene! at the end ofthe shine, Jack chases young Danny through a snow-covered maze before finally dying. It took a lot of salt and chopped styrofoam to create the artistic winter maze.
Kubrick was known for his long film productions. Sources differ on how long the actual shoot lasted, but it likely lasted close to a year. Back when I was making the Kubrick moviethese, “There is a wonderfully suggestive reality [that the structure] of cinema imposes on your life. I'm doing exactly the same as when I was 18 and I made my first film. It frees you from any other notion of time.”
22. The original ending toothe shineIt's different than what you've probably seen.
It's not uncommon for a film's ending to change in post-production, but Kubrick changed the film's ending.after thisit's been in theaters for a weekend. The film version has been lost, but pages of the script exist. The scene takes place after Jack dies in the snow. Ullman visits Wendy in the hospital. Oshe says, “About the things you saw at the hotel. [A lieutenant] tells me that they really went through the place with a fine-tooth comb and didn't find the slightest hint of anything out of the ordinary." He also encourages Wendy and Danny to stay with him for a while. The film ends with a lyric about Black: "The Overlook Hotel would survive this tragedy as it has endured so many others. It is still open from May 20th to September 20th each year. Closed in winter."
Roger Ebert thought the cut was a good decision.According, "Kubrick was right to remove that epilogue... he pulled out a lot of story rugs."
After that, things didn't look good for Kubrick.barry lyndonwas released in 1975. Film critic Tim Robeywritten, "It was not the commercial success Warner Bros. had hoped for." The film cost $11 million to produce and grossed $9.5 million in the US, although it did well at the foreign box office. According to Hughes, the film would have to gross $30 million to be profitable.
the shinehe was much better off financially. The film cost $19 million to produce and grossed $47 million in the United States. It was one of the top 10 highest-grossing films of 1980.
24the shineIt has inspired many conspiracy theories.
Many film theorists have their own opinions.the shinethat these conspiracies star in their own film: the documentaryZimmer 237🇧🇷 One theory is that Kubrick helped to fake the moon landing andthe shineIt's your confession. Another claims that the film is actually about the genocide of Native Americans. Another theory reads the film as a story about the Holocaust and concentration camps.
Leon Vitali, Kubrick's personal assistant during filming, has since denied these theories. "I laughed out loud most of the time," he said.theseof the documentary in 2013. "There are ideas proposed in the film that I know are utter nonsense."
Lee Unkrich CorreOr Hotel Mirador, which contains tons of behind-the-scenes footage and information about the film. "I started the site for purely selfish reasons," said Unkrich.said vulturein 2013. "I collected things fromthe shineover the years, and I just wanted a place to put them.” Unkrich was also one of the people who helped finance this.Zimmer 237Documentary.
But arguably the funniest part of Unkrich's obsession withthe shinefind the references hidden in differentPixar-Movie, includedToy Story 3: Sid's rug is very similar to a rug the Hotel Mirador. garbage truck license plateleeward"RM237". And Trixie is chatting online with a toy dinosaur down the street who happens to have the screen name Velocitar237.
A version of this story was originally published in 2018 and has been updated for 2022.
—42. And midway through the film, Wendy and Danny watch The Summer of '42 on a television set which, by the way, isn't even plugged into the wall! Cocks says all of this half-hidden numerology is meant to evoke the year 1942, the same year the Nazis launched their campaign for the Final Solution.What is the main message of The Shining? ›
The theme of the Shining revolves around the ways in which we are haunted by our past, and in particular, by our relationships with our parents.What is the trivia about The Shining? ›
Trivia (285) For the scene in which Jack breaks down the bathroom door, the props department built a door that could be easily broken. However, Jack Nicholson had worked as a volunteer fire marshal and tore it apart far too easily. The props department were then forced to build a stronger door.What's the deal with Room 237? ›
The room was inhabited in the past, by a Lorraine Massey who would usually seduce young bellboys who would visit her room. One time Danny Torrance visited this room after a ball strangely rolled to him from its open doors. Later, he claimed that a "crazy woman" tried to strangle him.What is the famous line from The Shining? ›
Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair on your chiny-chin-chin? Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in. "Some places are like people: some shine and some don't."
The twins also represent Danny's anticipation of his Mother being murdered. They have jet black hair like Wendy and they wear blue dresses. Wendy wears a blue dress at the start of the film with red stockings and sleeves, which gives her the symbolic appearance of an axe murdered twin.Why is it called The Shining? ›
The Shining takes its name from the special power that Danny has for seeing things that other people can't and for communicating without using his mouth.Who is the psychopath in The Shining? ›
Jack Torrance in The Shining has many psychopathic features. He is a bully to his wife, a child abuser, and has a history of alcoholism. He has difficulty keeping a job. He shows little love for his family, but he is quite capable of being charming and manipulative when it suits his purposes.What does the furry scene in The Shining mean? ›
Spiked with sexual innuendo, this conversation holds several clues to the truth behind the relationship between Danny, his father and the imagery of the bear, with many suggesting that the animal is symbolic of Jack's predatory control over his family and sexual abuse of his son.Who was the original killer in The Shining? ›
|Created by||Stephen King|
|Portrayed by||Jack Nicholson (1980) Steven Weber (1997) Brian Mulligan (2016) Henry Thomas (2019)|
|Full name||John Daniel Edward Torrance|
The Shining by Stephen King
First line: Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick. Summary: When Jack Torrance gets the job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel it seems to be a dream.
Exterior shots were taken at the Timberline Lodge in Oregon. The film's snow was made of salt and styrofoam. At the film's end, there is a chase through the snowy hedge maze. It makes for incredible cinema, paired with the terrifying lighting, music and movement of the scene.Did Jack abuse Danny in The Shining? ›
We identified in previous chapters that Jack strangled Danny in the fatherly love scene and with these new details it would seem that he also sexually abused his son during this event.What does red symbolize in The Shining? ›
In the movie shining, color Red is significantly hired to add to the feeling of anxiety and terror the whole time. The color red is guiding the audiences to recognize that something important and maybe bloody is about to happen as it continuous to appear strongly all through the whole film.Why is the hotel evil in The Shining? ›
While at first, it may seem like a simple haunted hotel, it is revealed that the Overlook is actually a sentient being hellbent on causing destruction for self-serving reasons. Due to its influence, it has been responsible for multiple suicides and gangland hits since it was built in 1909.Why is The Shining so famous? ›
The film is awash in constant chaos and its full of unexpected moments. The style of horror being used here is psychological in nature. It gets under your skin and stays there with a hypnotic and constant sense of dread. It explores the idea of haunted spaces, both in the physical world and within a person's psyche.What is the most famous movie line ever? ›
A jury consisting of 1,500 film artists, critics, and historians selected "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn", spoken by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in the 1939 American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind, as the most memorable American movie quotation of all time.Who is the missing woman in The Shining? ›
The Shining (book)
Mrs. Massey dies in Room 217 during the 1973 season, so she's the hotel's freshest death at the time the Torrances move in. She's the wife of a prominent New York lawyer, but is at the Overlook with a much younger man who is obviously in it for the money.
Danny Torrance is introduced in The Shining as the five-year-old son of Jack and Wendy Torrance. He has psychic powers that fellow psychic Dick Halloran calls “shining” – he can read people's thoughts, communicate telepathically with others who “shine”, and has frequent, frightening prophetic visions.Who was the lady in the bathtub in The Shining? ›
Lia Beldam is best known for playing the super sexy babe in the bathtub in room 237 -- whose flesh rots off while in Jack's arms -- in the Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece "The Shining." Guess what ...
This research aims to analyze the symptoms, the kinds, and the impacts of schizophrenia of the main character (Jack Torrance) in “The Shining” movie using psychological approach based on the theory of Kraepelin and American Psychiatric Association.What powers does the shine have? ›
The Shining, also known as the Shine, is a radiating eldritch clairvoyant power of telepathy that performs many psychic abilities including reading minds and revealing all things preternatural such as ghosts amongst both all physical things and living beings alike.Why is The Shining a 15? ›
MPAA explanation: adult situations, language, nudity, graphic violence.Who killed his family in The Shining? ›
Grady was hired by former manager, Horace M. Derwent, for the caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel. During the winter of 1970, when one of his daughters tried to burn the Overlook, he went fully mad and killed his family by killing his wife and two daughters with an axe before blowing his own head off with a shotgun.How did Jack get alcohol in The Shining? ›
Even though the Overlook's cache of liquor is depleted before Jack comes on the scene, the Overlook creates gin from thin air and gets Jack really drunk before it sends him on his murderous rampage with the roque mallet.Did Jack Torrance love his family? ›
He treats his wife and son with indifference at best, and sometimes irritation; there's no sense at all that he actually loves these two people, which is odd, especially when it comes to Danny — dude, that's your kid.Why did the husband go crazy in The Shining? ›
The evil spirits that inhabited the Overlook Hotel would eventually drive Jack insane by way of drowning him in his alcoholism, past trauma, and fears of becoming as abusive as his father.What is the full story of The Shining? › Are The Shining Twins alive? ›
Later, it's revealed that the twins were murdered by their father, Delbert Grady, while he was working as a caretaker at the Overlook.Who survives The Shining? ›
The novel's epilogue features Danny, Wendy, and Halloran in the summer after the winter of their discontent . Halloran's survival is important to Danny's future well being. He's the one person who can validate and verify Danny's ability to shine. He's part of the story's hopefulness.
It's all a nightmare
Neither do the ghosts or visions. That's because it's all a nightmare within Jack's alcohol-soaked, writer's block-suffering mind. Also Jack mentions that he just had "the most horrible dream", where he had to murder his family. This can suggest that the whole film was a nightmare.
The fictional hotel in “The Shining” is called the Overlook, and the Stanley Hotel is not the only real-life hostelry to claim ties to the movie. The Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon was used for some exterior shots, though the hotel's website explains that it lacks a hedge maze.Why was Room 217 changed to 237 in The Shining? ›
In the book, the spooky events are set in Room 217, not Room 237. Oregon's Timberline Lodge, which was used as the hotel's exterior for some shots, is to blame for this swap. The Lodge's management asked for the room number to be changed so that guests wouldn't avoid Room 217.Did Jack Freeze in The Shining? ›
As with most Stephen King tales though, Jack meets his end freezing to death in the hotel's maze as Wendy and Danny manage to escape in a snowcat.Why is Jack limping in The Shining? ›
After wrestling with an angel who injures Jacob's thigh, his name is changed from Ya'acov to Yisrael (Israel). The damage caused to his thigh causes him to limp. In a close parallel, Jack is injured by his wife Wendy during the course of the film, crippling his leg.Who bruised Danny's neck? ›
So Jack indeed inflicted the bruises on Danny's neck during the off-screen molestation.What are some symbols in The Shining? ›
- REDRUM. We use the word REDRUM throughout this guide to refer to killing and violence. ...
- The Topiary. If you're looking for a discussion of the hedge animals, see "Setting." ...
- The Cane. Jack's father's cane is the ultimate symbol of Jack's childhood trauma. ...
- The Masquerade Ball. ...
- The Bike.
Movie fans know well the classic poster for Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." It shows Jack Nicholson's grinning face through a jagged hole in a door, as a terrified Shelley Duvall screams on the other side. Some variations feature the ax as well, others do not.What does blue mean in The Shining? ›
The Shining, 1980. As the movie progresses, the key color to watch for begins to become red. Anticipating this, Kubrick cleverly dresses Dick Hallorann in all blue. Dick is a savior character that counters the insanity in the hotel, so it makes complete sense that he would be dressed in blue rather than red.Was the blood in the elevator in The Shining? ›
The film has a lot of iconic moments, but one of the most surreal ones revolves around those infamous elevators. Known as the 'elevator of blood' sequence, it was the scene where a river of blood gushed out from the elevators in the Overlook Hotel, making for an oddly chilling cinematic experience.
And then there are the ghost stories. Room 217, where King and his wife stayed, is supposedly haunted by the hotel's chief housekeeper, who was gravely injured in a gas explosion in 1911.What is the Gold room in The Shining? ›
The Gold Room, or The Gold Ballroom is a large ballroom contained within the Overlook Hotel. The Red Bathroom is attached to the Gold Room. In the book, it was named The Colorado Lounge. The original name was used for the 1980 film's sitting room, which is a room where guests can relax and read or chat.Why is the number 42 in so many movies? ›
It all started with Douglas Adams' cult radio show turned novel turned movie, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If you're not familiar, the fictional series proclaims that 42 is "the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything".What does the 1921 picture mean in The Shining? ›
Stanley Kubrick said, “The ballroom photograph at the very end suggests the reincarnation of Jack.” That means that Jack Torrance is the reincarnation of a guest or someone on staff at the Overlook in 1921.What is the significance of the blood in The Shining? ›
In the movie shining, color Red is significantly hired to add to the feeling of anxiety and terror the whole time. The color red is guiding the audiences to recognize that something important and maybe bloody is about to happen as it continuous to appear strongly all through the whole film.Why did they change the room number in The Shining? ›
Kubrick agreed to change the infamous room number from 217 to 237 (which does not exist) in the movie because the hotel was worried people would not want to stay in the room in the future. Ironically, room 217 is most often requested at Timberline Lodge, according to the hotel's website.Why is 42 a meme? ›
What does 42 mean? 42 is the answer to the “ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything,” a joke in Douglas Adams's 1979 novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.How do you spell 42 in words? ›
42 in words is written as “Forty-two”.What is Spider Man's lucky number? ›
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Reveals Why 42 Is Such an Important Number in the Movie.Why does Jack limp in The Shining? ›
After wrestling with an angel who injures Jacob's thigh, his name is changed from Ya'acov to Yisrael (Israel). The damage caused to his thigh causes him to limp. In a close parallel, Jack is injured by his wife Wendy during the course of the film, crippling his leg.
One of the most frequent questions I've received about The Shining is “What does the guy in the bear costume mean?” The popular interpretation is that the scene is a throwback to a subplot of Stephen King's book, in which a party guest in a dog costume has a homosexual relationship with one of the hotel's former owners ...Who is the dead lady in the bathtub in The Shining? ›
Lia Beldam is best known for playing the super sexy babe in the bathtub in room 237 -- whose flesh rots off while in Jack's arms -- in the Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece "The Shining." Guess what ...Who choked Danny in The Shining? ›
Combine this with the revelation that it was Jack who strangled Danny in the Overlook and a simple truth is revealed … Jack Torrance was and still is a violently abusive father. No wonder little Danny was afraid to go to the hotel and had nightmares about what was coming.What does the woman in Room 237 represent? ›
The Shining Theory: The Woman In Room 237 Represents Abuse
As what happens to Danny inside room 237 isn't shown, it has been theorized that Danny was abused by Jack in that room, and he made up the attack of the “crazy lady” as a result of the trauma and as a way to cope with it.